Category: Travel

Asheville & Bryson City Eats & Drinks

Tupelo Honey Cafe Some restaurants get over hyped. Maybe that super blond guy on the Food Network has been there, or a reporter is BFF with the owner and they get a ton of coverage, or it is on a┬áSex and the City episode and they have three hour lines for the next decade. So when we decided to stop at Tupelo Honey Cafe on the way to Bryson City, I was thinking that it would probably fall into the same category. Arriving for a very late lunch at 2-ish p.m. on the Friday before Labor Day weekend, I was thinking we’d miss the lunch rush but it was still packed. Faced with a 25 minute wait, I was ravenous and instead stalked the bar and was rewarded with seats within five minutes for Kara and myself. There are a ton of choices on the menu with some familiar names on there too, like Columbia’s own Adluh grits making an appearance. I started out with a housemade lavender limeade which was exquisite. They have several really intriguing flavors on the menu that sound like they’d make a great base for cocktails. Which they also have a lot of great cocktails as well. Kara got the honeysuckle lavender flip which was light on the honeysuckle but still a solid drink. We thankfully ordered an appetizer because the place never really...

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I Just Tossed a Fifth of Gin, Now I’m Going to Disneyland…

…That would be the worst idea ever, actually. I did just get back from a trip to Disney World with friends and it was exactly what I needed. This year has been pretty void of vacations, minus one three-day weekend over the summer with Patrick. But this trip was five days/four nights with three of my favorite traveling companions and it was one great time. On the morning of the 11th, Kara and Rae and I left out fairly early, by 8:30 at least, which is admirable for people who hate to get up early and also for those who were getting their vacation started early the night before. I had woken up and had my coffee, then eaten a cup of yogurt, and had a few ibprofins so ease the slight headache I had. As we drove down 26, then got on 95, I could feel my stomach churning and finally at some point I said, “You have got to pull over on this exit right now.” After stopping at some little gas station in Coosawatchie, SC, I ran in there, found the door on the women’s room locked, and made it just in time to hurl everything from my body into a men’s room toilet. I mean JUST in time. One step later and the floor would have been covered. Good thing I wasn’t able to finish...

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